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Net zero

The Liverpool Blue Coat School – Years 10-11

Project: Designing a self-sufficient tower block

Our project is split into two main areas: our concepts for a sustainable tower block, and the role of the Raspberry Pi. The Net Zero tower block would be as self-sufficient as possible, with solar panels generating electricity, natural light minimising the need for electric lights and rainwater supplying crops and toilets.

Net Zero would also make sure people have a job in their tower block, which would let people who previously could not work for practical reasons start working. Due to the reduction in travelling for work, an electric car sharing scheme would also be feasible. This would be free and would reduce congestion and CO2 emissions.

The building would also grow its own crops using hydroponics, which uses rainwater and requires much less water than traditional farming. The produce would be free for residents to encourage a low food mile, high nutrition diet. Finally, recycling would be paramount, with public recycling points and fully recyclable packaging throughout the building.

The Raspberry Pi would be inside the building and run a web server on the local network. This server is connected to a database, used to store residents’ environmental data. A leader board would be visible throughout the building, showing which residents have saved the most power and water. The Raspberry Pi website also sends updates to workers about their tasks to improve efficiency.

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